Big John McCarthy Returns To Zuffa For WEC 46 Event


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Big John McCarthy will return as a athletic commission official for the Zuffa ran WEC 46 event in Sacramento on Jan 10th. The longtime referee was a iconic figure at UFC events, before being blacklisted in Nevada for negative statements about the athletic commision and Zuffa.

One stipulation, Big John will not enter the cage as a referee, but instead sit on the outside as a judge.

“The California State Athletic Commission today released its list of assignments for the Jan. 10 WEC show in Sacramento, and there’s a surprising name on the list: popular long-time referee “Big” John McCarthy has been assigned to the show. Even more surprising is the news that McCarthy has not been assigned as a referee for the show, but as a judge. [Chron]”

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  1. Luke

    December 18, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Is this the SAC taking steps to ensure fair judging in MMA? A great start in my opinion. Especially in California, the judging there has been the worst of all the SAC's. We need more judges with a wider knowledge of MMA, these Boxing and KickBoxing judges only know limited amount of the game.

  2. hosan

    December 18, 2009 at 7:00 am

    This is what I like to see. As soon as I heard about him getting the boot from ref'ing I said he should be a judge so we can actually get some good scoring. Excellent to hear.

  3. Miko

    December 19, 2009 at 2:58 am

    hosan. he wasnt booted.

    he left to work on tv.

    talked a bunch of smack about the NSAC and when he tried to come back they didnt hire him.

    But, yeah its great that the CASC will have a judge who knows mma.

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